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Cursus: 191211350
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Studiepunten (ECTS)5
Contactpersoondr. S.U. Yavuz
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This course aims to instruct the neural basis of the movement and its cooperation with sensory nervous system from the neurophysiological aspects. 
Overall course objectives:
After completing this course, you will be able to explain phenomena underlying the human central and peripheral nervous system that include:
  • encoding, transmitting, and processing the neural information
  • sensing the surrounding space and perceiving the position of the body
  • controlling the movement
The learning objective/s of each lecture will be as follows:
Lecture 1: Neuroanatomy and neural signaling
  • to list the functional structure of the cells in the nervous system
  • to define how membrane generates an electrical signal
  • to examine the relation between ions kinesis and potentials across the membrane.
  • to define how electrical potential propagates along a nerve
  • to explain the advantage of action potential over graded potentials
  • to define the mechanism of synaptic transmission
Lecture 2: Eye movement
  • to describe the functional anatomy of an eye
  • to explain how eyes locate and track objects (mechanisms behind different eye movements).
  • to classify receptors on an eye according to their functions
Lecture 3: Visual system and visual cortex
  • to list and sketch the neural pathways and networks where the vision is process
  • to identify the relation between visual deficiencies and neural pathways.
  • to define how cortical cells in the primary visual cortex encode the orientation and rotation of the objects.
Lecture 4: Hearing
  • to list the functional anatomy of the ear and examine the biophysics of hearing
  • to explain how soundwaves are translated to neural code (sensory process)
  • to explain how the brain perceives and spots the location of sound
Lecture 5: Vestibular system
  • to list and recognize the component of the vestibular system
  • to explain the biophysics of the vestibular sensory mechanism
  • to explain how the brain process the vestibular information to maintain balance, modulate eye movement.
Lecture 6: Somatosensory system
  • to classify receptors in the somatosensory system according to their functional characteristics
  • to explain and examine their contribution to the movement
  • to describe the organization processes in the somatosensory cortex and examine sensory homunculus
  • to interpret reorganization mechanism  
Lecture 7: Lower motor neurons
  • to recognize the lower motor neurons and their topological relations
  • to explain the relationship between motor unit types and force generation
  • to list spinal circuitries and explain their function (automatic control of movement)
Lecture 8: Upper motor neurons
  • to recognize the upper motor neurons and examine topological mapping in the primary motor cortex
  • to explain how the movement is encoded in the motor cortex
  • to explain and examine neural mechanisms underlying phenomenon such as motor empathy and feedforward postural adjustment
The following topics will be covered:
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neural signals
  • Sensory processing
  • Sensory-motor interactions
  • Motor function
This course is provided in the 4th semester. Students follow the lectures and practical of Quartile 8 (BMT), only the Neurophysiology part. Besides this, students will be provided extra assignments and study material. The maximum number of ECs is 5. Should you need further information, please contact Dr. S. Utku Yavuz.

Assignments (20%)
Multiple-choice exam (80%)
Participating study
Master Electrical Engineering
Verplicht materiaal
Course material
Neuroscience, Purves, 4th, 5th or 6th edition
Aanbevolen materiaal



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Test weight: 20% assignments, 80% exam

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